Redesigning How You Buy EdTech

October 15, 2021 by Sufian Munir, CEO OneScreen

SEL smallSubscription Helps Schools Afford the Tech They Need Most

We listened to school leaders, teachers and students when they told us their biggest challenges with EdTech. Then we redesigned how you buy.

When teachers told us that EdTech goes out of date too quickly, sometimes before they have a chance to really learn it, we listened.

When school leaders told us that they would only invest in EdTech that improved student performance over the long run, we listened.

When students told us that some families had more advanced technology at home than in the classroom, we listened.

The result is OneScreen Subscription - a new way OneScreen helps schools afford enough EdTech to offer equal access to learning tools for all their students. At the same time, we make sure your EdTech stays ever current for perpetual student engagement.

Here is a quick recap of what that means and how we got there.

The Path to Engagement and Empowerment

For education leaders, finding the right EdTech adds up to better student engagement and teacher empowerment. But it can also mean lump sum payments that restrict how much a school can afford in any given year. That means deciding which classrooms get their tech first and which students are able to access essential learning tools.

The other side of this equation is making sure that when schools do buy our tech, it simply works without issues and teachers have all the training and help they need to build better learning environments.

Teachers don’t have time to learn to use new tech every few years or deal with downtime due to unsupported technology in the classroom.

We’ve addressed all these concerns in one solution: OneScreen Subscription.

Ever Current Tech That’s Always Under Warranty, At Low Cost and Price-locked  

In the old world, EdTech didn’t always put the needs of the educators and their students first. OneScreen Subscription has rewritten the rules on that.

The role of EdTech is first and foremost to enrich the lives of all students, not just some. Educators shouldn’t have to pick and choose the way technology is allocated just because of the way they make the purchase.

OneScreen Subscription is an education-centric solution that makes the most sense for educators and students alike. The intersection of education and technology is not only a goal, but a realistic option for improved learning environments.

"When schools have ever current tech that’s always under warranty and price-locked at a low cost, students have the best chance at learning more and achieving more. After all, that’s the point of all this."

Ever Current - Automatic Tech Refresh Every 36 Months

All EdTech comes with an expiration date. As tech development accelerates, those dates come faster and faster. What really is cutting edge classroom tech on one day can become obsolete over a summer break or two.

This makes the commitment to purchasing new EdTech an even more daunting decision that can seem frivolous or unnecessary when working with tight budgets and limited funding in an industry where every dollar counts. With an EdTech subscription, upgrading outdated technology every 36 months is automatically built into the cost, as well as an advanced warranty on the technology at hand.

By updating our solutions every 36 months, we reduce or eliminate the learning curve that comes with acquiring entirely new tech. Students and educators alike experience a seamless transition into new and improved technology, enriching students’ learning experiences rather than interrupting it.

Consequently, parents can be sure their students have the opportunity to learn with the help of technology that is not only relevant, but cutting edge. Because upgrades are implemented at the same time, the most updated learning tools are granted equally to all students.

.Always Under Warranty - Never Worry About Downtime

The world’s best EdTech is sitting unused in schools everywhere because something went wrong. Maybe the tech failed due to an accident or maybe it was just normal wear and tear from everyday use in a busy classroom.

No matter why the tech isn’t working as designed, it’s not helping teachers teach and students improve their performance. We never want to see that happen.

The solution was simple once we talked to educators, administrators and IT staff at schools around the world. We included an advanced hardware warranty in every subscription plan so that we take on responsibility to simply repair or replace whatever is not working.

EdTech that is not in service helps no one. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen with OneScreen.

Low Cost and Price-locked - Manageable Monthly Payments

With OneScreen Subscription, the old-world purchase path of up-front costs is gone for good. Access to EdTech right away with low monthly fees makes more sense all around.

This modern purchase path conforms much more precisely to existing school budget cycles and doesn’t require schools to go through funding, approval and discovery in the same way.

The recent round of stimulus funding has been a boon for schools across the nation, but in the long run schools will still be relying on sporadic funding by state and local sources. Although the US federal system contributes billions to schools each year, these funds normally only account for about 8% of school budgets.

Subscription solves many of the problems associated with prioritizing certain classrooms and departments over others as well. With Subscription, students and teachers no longer have to play catch-up with peers who already have access to the latest solutions. Affordable EdTech can be more easily distributed across districts, campuses, and classrooms all at once.

This means that all departments and programs have the ability to engage students with new learning tools. Ultimately, it provides students with the equal access to technology that all deserve -- in a way that schools can afford.

Your monthly or annual cost is not only lower, but it also remains price-locked as long as you maintain your Subscription.

"Subscription solves many of the problems associated with prioritizing certain classrooms and departments over others as well. With Subscription, students and teachers no longer have to play catch-up with peers who already have access to the latest solutions. Affordable EdTech can be more easily distributed across districts, campuses, and classrooms all at once."

Taking the Next Step - Unlimited, Free Help and Training

Training costs associated with purchasing EdTech outright can slow down teacher adoption. Teaching time is already strained by rising expectations, lesson planning and grade recording. Many simply don’t have the time to master new devices, even if they will enhance the learning experience for students, especially as technology evolves.

Sometimes, even the best investments in EdTech are derailed by lack of training. Devices that could improve student performance aren’t used to their full potential, or even at all. Time and resources are wasted as a result. EdWeek found that over $5.6 billion is wasted each year on EdTech that educators don’t use due to lack of proper training.

OneScreen Subscription comes with unlimited, free help and training from our own Screen Skills Gurus. No other manufacturer comes close to this promise. We are there when you need us to solve problems, come up with creative solutions and even help you get more value from your devices. With the answers at their fingertips and the training they need, teachers spend more time teaching and less time troubleshooting.

How You Buy Matters as Much as What You Buy

Subscription is our answer to the biggest problems educators have faced in affording and actually using technology in the classroom.

When schools have ever current tech that’s always under warranty and price-locked at a low cost, students have the best chance at learning more and achieving more. After all, that’s the point of all this. We are not here to simply build the best EdTech. We are here to make sure that our tech actually improves the lives of students and educators for generations to come. 


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